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Attorney sues county following jail attack

November 4, 2020 GMT

A New Hampshire public defender who was seriously injured in a county jail, allegedly by a former client, has sued the county, saying it was negligent in failing to safety operate the jail and properly monitor violent inmates.

Michael Davidow visited Dale Holloway at the Hillsborough County House of Corrections in Manchester on Oct. 21, 2019.

Holloway is accused of shooting a church pastor and bride during a wedding in Pelham. During his visit with Holloway in the jail interview room, Davidow was struck in the face and head, causing him to suffer a hemorrhage. Holloway was later charged with first-degree assault.

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Holloway denied assaulting Davidow, and said he got a correction officer’s attention after noticing that Davidow had a nosebleed. Holloway now has a different lawyer.

In his lawsuit filed Oct. 14, Davidow said the interview room had a one-way window for the corrections officer to see in, but it didn’t have a window from which Davidow could see the officer. It turned out an officer was seated at a desk with his back turned to the interview room, the lawsuit said.

Davidow asked for damages and a jury trial.

A phone message was left Tuesday for a lawyer representing the county.